Learn how to keep your child safe on the school bus.

 

  • A trusted adult should be at your child’s bus stop every morning and every evening.
  • Children should be cautioned about the danger of strangers.
  • Be at least five minutes early to catch the bus. There are blind spots where the bus driver can lose sight of a child:
  • FRONT DANGER ZONE: It’s never safe to walk close to the front of the bus. Children should walk five GIANT steps ahead of the bus before crossing in front of it.
  • SIDE DANGER ZONE: Children should always stay three GIANT steps away from the side of the bus.
  • REAR DANGER ZONE: NEVER walk behind the school bus.
  • Walk (don’t run) three GIANT steps away from the bus when getting off. When the bus approaches, step back from the curb at least three GIANT steps.
  • NEVER run to catch the bus.
  • If you have to walk on roads where there is no sidewalk, walk against traffic and out of the road.
  • Stay out of the road, and wait for the bus to stop BEFORE you WALK to it.
  • Make sure you can see the bus driver’s eyes when boarding or crossing in front of the bus.
  • If you must cross the street to get to the bus, always look left, then right, then left again.
  • Use the handrail when you get off the bus.
  • Make sure there are no dangling pieces of clothing, drawstrings on hoods, untied shoestrings, keychains or backpack straps that could get caught on the handrail or in the bus door.
  • If you drop something under or near the bus, DON’T pick it up until you tell the bus driver. Otherwise, the driver may not see you.
  • If you leave something on the bus, DON’T run after the bus to get it.
  • Stay away from the bus wheels, and watch for moving cars.